hello stampers!

art project for kidsStamping, part of the printmaking family, always fascinates children. There’s something magical and mysterious about the process, never being sure of the result until the stamp is lifted. Moving beyond the simple rubber stamps and inkpads students may have experienced before to new materials opens a world of opportunities for them to explore.

Tip – it is always best to use a very thin layer of paint for dipping the stamper in. Too thick a layer will gum up the stamper and make a muddy/blurry print. This is true for all stamping, no matter the type of stamper being used.

Texture stamping.  For our youngest stampers, we’ve found these great stampers that allow children to have fun with the unpredictable and satisfying effects of printmaking, as well as introduce the idea of texture.

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Each child selects one stamper from our “supply table” and then stamps with it.   After a few minutes, we have them trade with their neighbor to try another design. While they are stamping, we discuss the shapes made by the different textures on the stamps.the messy artistApple stamping. We do this in the fall, when apples are in season.

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There are a few ways for the kids to hold onto the apples and dip them into paint, but we’ve found that cutting notches into the back of the apples is the best.the messy artist fine art classes for kids apple stamping

Other ways are to just leave them in complete halves, or use forks.

best party for kids njWhen preparing the apples for stamping, cut some in half horizontally and some vertically so that there are different shapes. A horizontal cut makes a rounder shape, with a star design in the center from the seed holes. Vertical is a more oblong shape, and is hit or miss with any seed hole shapes.kids art studio new jerseyKids love to create with any type of food!

Create your own stamper. For kids K and up, this is a great multi-step project. They get to create their own stamper and then stamp with it.

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The stampers are made from a few layers of cardboard, wrapped in rubber bands.stamping projects for kids

As with all of our stamping, we like to use paper plates for the dipping paint. It’s easy to create thin layers of paint on them, and the cleanup is simple. We also like to use a few different coordinating colors on these plates, so the children get to see color mixing in action as they print.kids stamping project


Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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